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social security

noun

Simple Definition of social security

  • : a program in which the government provides money to people who are unable to work because they are old, disabled, or unemployed

  • : a program in the U.S. that requires workers to make regular payments to a government fund which is used to make payments to people who are unable to work because they are old, disabled, or retired

  • : money that is paid out through a social security program

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of social security

  1. 1 :  the principle or practice or a program of public provision (as through social insurance or assistance) for the economic security and social welfare of the individual and his or her family; especially capitalized both Ss :  a United States government program established in 1935 to include old-age and survivors insurance, contributions to state unemployment insurance, and old-age assistance

  2. 2 :  money paid out through a social security program <began collecting social security>

Examples of social security in a sentence

  1. She is living on social security.

  2. He began collecting Social Security checks.



1908

First Known Use of social security

1908


Law Dictionary

social security

noun

Legal Definition of social security

  1. 1 :  the principle or practice or a program of public provision (as through social insurance or assistance) for the economic security and social welfare of the individual and his or her family; especially often capitalized both Ss :  a U.S. government program established in 1935 to include old-age and survivors insurance, contributions to state unemployment insurance, and old-age assistance

  2. 2 :  money paid out through a social security program <collects social security> — see also Social Security Act section, Social Security Administration




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